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Haiti earthquake refugees trade golf course camp for humble homes

Published on Feb 1, 2014 7:05 AM
 
A boy stands at a makeshift camp on the grounds of the Petionville Golf Course in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in this Jan 26, 2010. The tents are gone and clean up crews are grooming the grounds of the Petionville country club golf course, which served as a camp for 60,000 people made homeless by Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

PORT-AU-PRINCE (REUTERS) - The tents are gone and clean up crews are grooming the grounds of the Petionville country club golf course, which served as a camp for 60,000 people made homeless by Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake.

The camp, on Haiti's only golf course, closed last week after the refugees were relocated, according to J/P Haitian Relief Organization, the group co-founded by actor Sean Penn that set up and ran the camp for four years.

The earthquake left almost 1.5 million people homeless in what was already the poorest country in the Americas.

While the camp's closure marks a milestone in Haiti's recovery from the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people, J/P HRO said this week that its work in Haiti was far from over.

 
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